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How to Take Great Venue Photos

Posted by Lyssa Test on Jul 18, 2017 1:25:00 PM
Lyssa Test

It can be hard to convey your venue's size, vibe and potential to clients over the internet, but great pictures can help you show off your space and give your clients a better idea of the space. 

While it always helps to have a professional camera, you can still take great photos with a smartphone. That 12-megapixel camera is a powerful tool if you know how to use it!

Things you'll need:

- Camera with HDR mode (or iPhone)

- Tripod

- PhotoShop app (or other photo editing app)

The first step to a successful interior photo is finding the right angle. You always want to find the angle that makes the room look the biggest. Try shooting from the entrance of the room or perhaps shoot straight on if the room is symmetric.


The main event space at LMHQThis shot taken at an angle, makes the space look large and sprawling, as opposed to a head-on angle that might make the space look smaller and lack depth.

The second step is the most important part, styling. Make sure the room isn't cluttered and if there are tables and chairs in the mix make sure they are correctly aligned with one another. Take pictures when your venue isn't crowded, so your customers don't distract from the space. 

The third step is finding the correct exposure and ensuring your photo is in focus! This is where HDR mode, or High Dynamic Range, comes into play. HDR mode takes three different versions of a photo, and then merges them all together into a single image, making it ideal for areas with harsh lighting. Your iPhone is outfitted with this mode too, so you don't have to have an expensive camera to take great pics. Using a tripod also helps ensure you get a high quality, in-focus photo.

Tip: Always try to shoot with windows behind you and avoid shootly into direct sunlight so your pictures don't turn out overexposed!


A head-on photo of the bar at American WhiskeyA straight-on shot of the bar makes it look large and inviting. The angled chairs also add to the pictures intruige. 


The final step is taking your works of art and running them through a photo editing application. This app doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it can help you fix any lighting issues that the HDR mode didn’t pick up as well as color correct your photo with the proper white balance. 

And there you have it, our guide on how to take great venue photos of an event space or restaurant. You're well on your way to being a professional photographer! Next step, excellent venue photos, just don't forget to upload your new pics to your VenueBook profile page! 


Have any questions about VenueBook? Check out our post on "What is VenueBook?" or read the Knowledge Base below if you're already a member of our site:


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Happy Booking!

Team VenueBook

Topics: For Venue Managers